By J. Brock (FINN)
Question from Lidda Luxton
Would the Director of Public Works please explain why the installation of the lift in the Town Hall which was in the budget for the financial year 2012/2013 has failed to progress.
Is the new lift actually in the Islands?
What are the reasons for the delay and what is the timetable for this project?
Answer from the Director Public Works
The lift installation has not failed to progress.
When the lift was originally planned, pressure on space in the lower floor of the Town Hall was rather less that is now the case and it was necessary for that to be addressed, which it has been, with a revised layout having been agreed with Registry and with a view to improving access to the Courts area, both potentially during the works and for the longer term it has been agreed that a door will be placed on the northern side of the courts offices.
The size of the lift itself had also changed over time which necessitated the lift shaft also being re-designed.
Design work for the above has been completed and the door obtained ready for installation.
It is however now the case that some further, albeit apparently small, further changes are now needed in the Courts/Registry entrance due to the need to accommodate a receptionist and it is suggested that these works would best be done concurrently with the installation of the new door, which may also now need to be in a new location.
As the timing for the lift installation works was far from clear, and may necessitate the relocation of at least some of the current building users, the lift has not been ordered and is not intended to be until it is certain that no further changes will be needed and that the timing for the installation works is clear.
Due to the increased numbers of FIG staff already agreed and with further increases looking likely due to oil related activity, and also to accommodate the move to full time of MLAs with the next election, a review of office space requirements has been commenced, both short and longer term.
This could result in at least one of the users of the ground floor being relocated permanently which could lead to other layout changes and as it would appear sensible to do as much of the work as possible at one time, so as to minimise disruption, particularly to the courts, it is not possible to provide a meaningful timetable at this stage.